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NEWS: June 28, 2011

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich
Rod Blagojevich
Ethics | Illinois
Blagojevich Convicted of Corruption
A federal jury convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich of 17 corruption counts, including allegations that he brazenly tried to sell President Obama's old U.S. Senate seat in 2008. The verdict could lead to a lengthy prison term for Blagojevich, who was impeached and removed from office.
>> Chicago Tribune
Feds Raid Dallas County Commissioner's Offices, Home
FBI and IRS agents raided the offices and home of John Wiley Price, Dallas County's longest-serving commissioner. Neither agency would say why the raids were conducted.

Human Services | The Nation
Federal Benefits-Fraud Prosecutions Down
The Obama administration is prosecuting fewer cases in which people are accused of defrauding food stamps, Social Security and other benefits programs. Instead, federal law enforcement agencies have increasingly targeted higher-cost schemes aimed at mortgage lending, financial institutions and Medicare.
>> USA Today
Federal 'Mystery Shoppers' to Scrutinize Doctors
Alarmed by a shortage of primary-care doctors, Obama-administration officials are recruiting a team of "mystery shoppers" to pose as patients, call doctors' offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it.
>> New York Times

Los Angeles Fire Chief Millage Peaks
Millage Peaks
Public Officials | Los Angeles
Fire Chief Retires after 22 Months
Just 22 months after he took the helm of the Los Angeles fire department, Chief Millage Peaks announced that he is retiring. Peaks, who began his career as a firefighter for the city 35 years ago, oversaw the department during a period of unprecedented budget cuts and staff reductions.
>> Los Angeles Times
Cherokees' Chief Declared Winner by Seven Votes
The Cherokee Election Commission overturned unofficial results in the election of the tribe's principal chief and declared incumbent Chad Smith the winner over Bill John Baker by seven votes out of the more than 15,000 cast. Baker demanded a recount.
>> Tulsa World
California's New CIO Is Project-Management Expert
California Gov. Jerry Brown named Carlos Ramos, a two-decade state-government veteran well known for his project-management expertise, to be the state's new chief information officer.
>> Government Technology
DHS Personnel Chief to Retire
Jeff Neal, the chief human capital officer for the federal Department of Homeland Security since 2009, announced that he is retiring after 31 years in goverment.
>> Federal News Radio

Fire Edges nears Los Alamos Lab
Fire nears Los Alamos lab
Emergency Response | Los Alamos, N.M.
Raging Wildfire Closes In
on Nuclear-Weapons Lab

Firefighters struggled to hold back a fierce wildfire roaring out of control at the edge of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a sprawling nuclear-weapons complex that includes a plutonium facility. The laboratory was shut down, and the adjacent town of Los Alamos was placed under a mandatory evacuation.
>> Reuters

Transportation | The Nation
State DOTs Scramble to Cut Fuel Costs
State departments of transportation, confronting increasing fuel costs and declining tax revenue, are looking for new ways to cut fuel consumption, trying everything from tapping solar power to converting work trucks to domestic propane or natural gas to heating state patrol posts with wood.
>> USA Today
Pennsylvania Panel: Raise Motor-Vehicle Fees
A commission appointed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett will recommend increases in motor-vehicle fees to generate an additional $2.5 billion a year for roads, bridges and public transit.
>> Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Common Weakness Scoring System logo
Cybersecurity | The Nation
New Public-Private System
Rates Security of Software

The federal Department of Homeland Security and consulting firm Mitre Corp. unveiled the Common Weakness Scoring System, rating the protection of software products to help agencies, contractors and consumers buy secure technology.
>> Nextgov

Taxing and Spending | California
Governor, Democrats Cut Budget Deal
Abandoning negotiations with Republican lawmakers, Gov. Jerry Brown struck a deal with fellow Democrats for a budget that assumes billions of dollars in fresh revenue. The proposal does not include the renewed tax hikes that the governor had been pushing to put before voters.
>> Los Angeles Times

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At least 36
Number of New Jersey's 120 state lawmakers, who are paid $49,000 annually for their part-time legislative posts, who received a second public paycheck last year, working as teachers, prosecutors, school administrators and in other publicy financed jobs
>> Newark Star-Ledger

Thumb drive bomb
There's no device known to mankind that will prevent people from being idiots.
Mark Rasch, the director of network security for Computer Sciences Corp. who previously headed the Justice Department's computer-crime unit, on a Department of Homeland Security test in which 60 percent of the workers who found computer discs and thumb drives that had been secretly dropped in the parking lots of government buildings and private contractors plugged them into computers, an action that easily could have been exploited by hackers
>> Bloomberg News

Public Officials
The Obama
Patronage Machine

It has been clear for some time that President Obama has followed the time-dishonored practice of rewarding campaign contributors with cushy jobs in government and other benefits. But a new report by the Center for Public Integrity documents the outrageous extent to which the president's financial benefactors are being installed in important positions, including ambassadorships.
>> Los Angeles Times

American Enterprise Institute
Discussion of Making Teacher Incentives Work
Today, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.

Government Executive magazine
Webinar on Protecting Citizen Privacy: the Role of Government
Today, 1 p.m. ET

American Enterprise Institute
Discussion: "Recognizing the Promise of Vaccines: Public Policy Must Adapt to New Innovations"
June 29, 10-11:45 a.m. ET, Washington, D.C.

Government Executive magazine
Webinar on Moving to the Cloud: Step by Step
June 29, 2 p.m. ET

National Education Association
Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly
June 30-July 5, Chicago

International City/County Management Association
Web conference on Proven Strategies to Successfully Implement a Solar Energy Program that Benefits Your Community
June 30, 1 p.m. ET

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